Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Call for Entries for
2015-16 NorCal Area
It's that time of year again! Holiday parties, gift giving and Emmy® entries! After all, we are just months away from the 2016 Emmy® Awards Gala, to be held Saturday, June 4, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco!
Nominations will be announced May 4.
But wait! Before you rush off to enter your best work and add all of your colleagues' names to the entry, make sure they have applied for a membership or renewed their membership BEFORE you add their name or they will be charged the non-member rate!
There are a few other things to note as well, some listed in New Rules and Reminder Notes below.
Last year, many found new and creative ways to try to get around the double-dipping exclusion, and a few other national rules, so we've updated the Call for Entries this year to better clarify a few things.
Keep in mind that your entry may be moved or disqualified if you enter it in an inappropriate category or enter any portion of it in more than one category (with a couple of specific exclusions).
Bottom line, the same entrant cannot enter the same content in more than one category. (See the Craft exception.)
If you did a series of stories on the same topic, you cannot enter different stories or episodes from that series in different categories. Similarly, if your story aired alone in a newscast and again as part of a 30-minute special, you cannot enter that 30-minute special in one category and the stand-alone news story in another category.
Please also be sure to read the category descriptions carefully and note the exclusions this year.
Per national rules, because our Chapter has categories that are specifically intended for investigative stories or sports stories, those stories are required to be entered exclusively in those categories. There are a few exceptions.
However, please note that this year the Call for Entries specifically excludes investigative and sports stories from ALL News and Program Specialty categories (i.e. documentary, arts & entertainment, lifestyle, etc.). You can petition the committee for an exception but you will have to explain why the story should not be entered in one of the other designated categories.
This year, we will also begin enforcing the judging requirement. Every entrant agrees to serve as a peer judge for other chapters. Beginning this year, each entrant has exactly 24 months to serve as a peer judge.
If you do not judge within the next two years, you will have to forfeit your member discount in 2017 and pay full price for each Emmy® entry ($200!)
And speaking of $200 entry fees, we'll say it again: if you don't want your colleagues to be stuck paying the full non-member price this year, make sure they are NATAS members BEFORE you add their name to your entry!
member prices this year range from $45-$70 per entry depending on your market.
And with that, go pull those air checks, figure out who's entering what, and enjoy the kick-off of award season 2015-2016!
See you in June for the 45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards Gala!
January 15 - Entry Deadline
January 22 - Deadline to Upload Entry Video
May 4 - Nominations Announced
June 4 -
Emmy® Awards Gala, San Francisco
Call for Entries, Categories, Emmy® Express Entry Form and More Information:
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISON ARTS & SCIENCES
45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy
NEW RULES AND REMINDER NOTES
Please use Upper and Lower Case when filling out your entry form and membership application. The name you use on your membership application will show on your entry forms.
We are accepting entries from the U.S. Territory of Guam.
There is a maximum quota of 12 eligible names allowed per entry without further written permission
Any additional names will require a written request from the primary entrant detailing how the additional entrants specifically contributed to the Emmy
-worthiness of the entry.
By entering, all entrants agree to be peer judges for categories submitted from other NATAS chapters.
Members who do not judge within a 24-month period will forfeit their member discount and will be required to pay the full non-member Emmy
entry fee for each entry they submit until they serve as a judge.
The person filling out the entry form is responsible for the video upload.
New field on entry form. Please put in the starting time code for your 30 second clip to be played at the Emmy
® Gala if your entry is nominated.
A $25 processing fee will be added to all fees not paid by the end of the grace period.
No Montages are allowed. Segments must be separated by one to seconds of black.
You must list your segments (Title, Air Date, & TRT) in the remarks section of the entry form. (Recommend three to five segments for a composite)
No single entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one programming category.
An entrant cannot enter the same content in more than one category.
Individual segments or stories that aired as part of a multi-part program or series on the same subject may be entered in only one category. An entrant cannot enter individual stories from that series in different categories. Content produced as both a multi-part series and a full-length program may be entered only once, regardless of the amount of new material added.
Content produced as a single report that later aired as part of a longer program or special may be entered only once. An entrant may not enter a single story in one category and also enter a longer program or special that includes that story in another category.
a. Double-Dip Exception 1: Craft Categories
An individual can only be recognized once for the same job function, utilizing the same program content. However, craft persons (photographer, editor, reporter, writer, etc.) who also preformed another role on a specific entry (i.e. producer) may submit the entry in the programing category and again in their respective craft category as long as the second entry specifies a different job function.
This exception does not apply to the Video Essay or Video Journalist categories because those entrants are performing multiple roles and being recognized for this expertise. However, as an option, they could enter each specific craft they performed individually. In doing so, they would not be eligible to enter the same material collectively under the rules of the Video Essay or Video Journalist categories.
Double-Dip Exception 2: Overall Excellence/News Excellence and Newscast Entries
Content that is included in the "Overall Excellence/News Excellence" or newscast entries may also be entered in a second category, as long as the entrant(s) in the second category is not also listed on the newscast entry.
2 A-B - Journalistic Enterprise - is now a News Programming Category.
10 A-D Feature News Report - no longer excludes stories that are investigative in nature.
Appropriate Categories For Content:
Content must be entered in appropriate categories. For instance, an investigative report cannot be entered in the Lifestyle category, nor can a sports report be entered in Arts and Entertainment. The Awards Committee has the authority to disqualify or move an entry submitted in an inappropriate category.
Program Specialty Categories:
Program Specialty Categories 12-20 are not intended for stories that are investigative in nature or sport reports. An entrant may petition the Awards Committee to allow them to enter an investigative or sports story in a program specialty category. However, the entrant will have to explain why the story should not be entered in one of the designated News Programing or Sports categories.
Stories that include investigative newsgathering techniques like undercover or hidden camera video, public records requests or data-based journalism, and stories that are produced by a member of an investigative team may be considered investigative in nature.
Reports that include coverage of athletics, that aired in a daily or weekly sports program or newscast; or as part of a sports special, may be considered sports stories.
Call for Entries, Categories, Emmy® Express Entry Form and
Start 2016 on the Right Note!
Renew Your NATAS Membership!
By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
Your membership with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences may be coming to an end on Dec. 31.
If it is, now is the time to renew your membership.
With your NATAS membership, you can take advantage of reduced Emmy® Award entry fees and receive discounts on Emmy® Award Gala tickets.
Plus, members get free or discounted admission to industry seminars, workshops, programs and networking mixers.
Membership also includes receiving, each month, the award-winning
Off Camera newsletter, which helps you to stay up-to-date on all of the happenings from around the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter.
One big member benefit is Cinema Club -- free movie screenings, often first-run Oscar contenders, with filmmaker Q&A sessions, for you and a guest.
Also, there's help with career advancement through the Mentor Match program, the online NATAS Job Bank, and a complimentary copy of the Motion Picture, TV, and Theatre Directory.
If you renew for two years, you'll receive a 5 percent discount. You'll take advantage of a 10 percent discount when you renew for three years.
Important: if you're planning on entering the 2016 Emmy® Award competition, you must renew your membership before your name is added to the entry form in order to receive member rates.
If you have questions, or if you need help logging in, please contact
Darryl Compton, the Chapter's Executive Director, at 650 341-7786 or email him at email@example.com
A Special Gift for Cody
KPIX Friends Help Former Bay Area, Sacramento Photojournalist Battling Homelessness, Illness
By Kevin Wing
Former KPIX Videographer
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
If you have worked in the Bay Area or Sacramento television markets during any stretch of the last 30 years, you most likely know
. Perhaps he shot your story or edited it, or his talent behind the camera or in the editing booth helped you to receive an Emmy for it.
Folster got his start in television news in Sacramento in 1987, when he became an intern at KRBK-TV Channel 31 (today's KMAX-TV). The station hired him as a staff videographer the following year. He stayed on for 10 years. After leaving Channel 31 in 1998, he joined crosstown powerhouse KCRA as an editor for two years before giving the Bay Area a try to become a videographer at San Francisco's KPIX for the next decade.
Up to that time, Folster's life and career moved along at a nice pace. But then, his life began to change. It unraveled. In a very drastic, horrible way.
To simply depict what is now a very complicated life for this Alameda native, Folster became homeless. For a few months, he was living out of his 1999 Honda CRV - "98 square feet of room inside", as he says. He has been living in a Sacramento hotel room recently, thanks to the help of his friends and colleagues from Bay Area television who have worked together to financially support Folster, putting a roof over his head and giving him some money to sustain himself.
What happened? Folster explained to
Off Camera recently in an exclusive interview. He says a series of unfortunate circumstances began in late 2006, when his mother,
Donna, became ill. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Folster left his fulltime position at KPIX to move back to Sacramento to care for his mother. She died several months later, in the spring of 2007.
Though Folster has two older brothers (all of them are spaced nine years apart from each other), he was the son closest to their mother, and she designated him to be the trustee of her estate. But, there were complications and implications that followed. Donna Folster had refinanced her home several years before, but it was never put back into the trust.
"Dealing with the house was like the beginning of the slippery slope," Folster says. He was burning through his savings and using up his 401k funds to pay the mortgage and maintain the property. Finally, after dealing with foreclosure notices and all of the legal tangles associated with the property, Folster walked away from the house in 2009.
"After my Mom passed away, everyone went about with their lives," Folster says, admitting that he and his brothers,
Ladd, are not close. Cody Folster is 51; Greg is 18 years older, and Ladd is nine years his senior.
Folster was raised mostly by his mother. While a freshman at Del Campo High School in 1979, Folster's father,
John, passed away. "Then, it was just my Mom and myself. My Mom was the lynchpin of the family. When she passed away, I felt abandoned."
In the years since his mother's death, Folster's life has spiraled downward due to the financial troubles he endured that were related to the complications of his mother's estate, along with having a severe bout with cellulitis. This occurred around the time he had returned to KPIX for a second tour of duty. He was also doing double duty, as an editor at KOVR in Sacramento, to make ends meet.
However, the cellulitis affliction put him out of commission for three months.
"It was very painful. There was a lot of swelling," Folster explains. "When I came back to work in 2012, I could only work part-time, from 25 to 30 hours a week. But, the cellulitis got worse. It wore on me. I wasn't able to do my job to the best of my ability."
Folster doesn't place any blame on KPIX for reducing his freelance work hours to part-time. He says he began to realize, too, that working part-time at the station - and living in the Bay Area - was not going to work out. By 2013, he had left KPIX.
During his second tenure at the station, Folster lived in a TraveLodge, off Highway 101 near San Francisco International Airport. Some friends at KPIX who owned an in-law cottage in Pacifica offered to let him stay there to help him get caught up with his finances.
Eventually, Folster returned to Sacramento, and posted on his Facebook page that he needed a place to stay. A friend responded and showed him her apartment, but when he arrived, she saw what bad shape he was in from the cellulitis and told him to get to a hospital. He checked himself into Sutter Memorial Hospital to get his legs healthy again. Unable to pay his medical bills, he was able to benefit from Medi-Cal and Obamacare.
Still without a home, two Sacramento-area friends took in Folster after his hospitalization. He lived in an in-law unit behind their house, and remained there until August. While his friends also lived in Santa Cruz and weren't living much of the time in Sacramento, Folster pretty much had the property to himself. The couple had been wanting to sell the property, however. And Folster, having financial difficulties due to the fact that his disability benefits had ended, was becoming more depressed. He was pawning anything of value. He felt badly for doing so, but Folster had to pawn his parents' wedding rings. He got $550 for the rings.
"It was pennies to what they were emotionally for me," Folster says. "I was in bad shape. I just wanted to be by myself.
Folster says his depression "got lower and lower". On July 6, inside that in-law unit, he attempted suicide by cutting his wrists. He stopped, just in time. "I said to myself, 'there's got to be something better than this.'"
He wound up at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he was placed on lockdown for four days before entering a crisis recovery center for a month. It was there that he began to talk about his issues, speaking out about his feelings.
With his friends wanting to sell their property, including the in-law unit he was living in, Folster moved out in August. He has been homeless since.
"I didn't know what to do," he says. "That first night, I didn't know what to do. I realized there was a truck stop on the edge of town, and I found a little corner there where I could park my car and sleep."
That didn't last. That first overnight stay there, someone from the truck stop knocked on his car window, telling him he had to move along.
In the fall, Folster decided to go public with his plight, writing blog posts on his Facebook page to tell his friends what was going on in his life.
Several friends and colleagues from KPIX started a support group for Folster. They even have an online group on Facebook called "The Cody Group". In the spirit of giving, and spearheaded by KPIX News Director
and present and former KPIX staffers
, enough funds have been raised to get Folster out of his car and into a Sacramento hotel room, at roughly $50 per night, through Dec. 21. After that, he could be out on the street again. Meanwhile, he has applied for Social Security disability benefits, but the process may take two or three more months. And applying for work right now, he says, could jeopardize those benefits.
"Physically, I can't go back to doing what I was doing before as a cameraman," Folster says. What he would like to do is teach photojournalism, admitting he just doesn't have "the fire in his belly" to work in television news any longer.
"I'm so grateful," Folster says. "Just the caring from everyone has been so overwhelming to me. Like I said, I didn't ask for this. I'm enjoying this flood of love that I'm feeling from everyone. It's just amazing to me. So many people. For me to express how I feel would be inadequate for the love that's been shown to me. I can never express it in words the way I feel."
"When his story got out, just about everyone wanted to help," says former KPIX reporter
Don Knapp. "For a lot of folks, Cody's story was a dramatic example of how easy it is for a regular guy to slip off the edge."
The care and support from his friends has inspired him, just as talking and writing about his situation has helped him.
"Hold on to everything you hold dear," Folster says. "You can be one check away from my situation. If you have family, hold them tighter. You realize everything can change in a heartbeat. Hold onto it with a grip and never let it go. You never know what's going to change."
Editor's Note: A GoFundMe account has been established for Cody Folster. If you can help, please click on the GoFundMe link below for more details and to contribute:
Mitch Agruss, 1923-2015
Sacramento Icon was "Cap'n Mitch" and "Cap'n Delta" on Popular KTXL and KOVR Children's Programs
By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President, San Francisco
Mitch Agruss, well-known to generations of northern California children as "Cap'n Mitch" and "Cap'n Delta" on Sacramento television from the 1960s through the '80s, has died.
Agruss was 92 years old when he died in Davis Nov. 14, surrounded by family and friends.
Inducted in 1989 into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his more than 25 years of contributions to the northern California television industry, Agruss is fondly remembered as the likable host of two popular afternoon children's cartoon shows. In 1963, Sacramento's KOVR hired him to be "Cap'n Delta" for its after-school cartoon show. Agruss remained there five years before moving across town to join KTXL as "Cap'n Mitch", where he remained for 16 years before retiring in 1984.
In a Gold & Silver Circle Profiles interview for Off Camera five years ago, Agruss said his kiddie shows were "extensions of myself".
"We decided to have a small studio set with the idea of keeping it very personal, with just a few children."
For more than 20 years, Agruss was a television staple for Sacramento-area children.
Born Mitchell Byron Agruss on June 1, 1923, in St. Louis, he had an accomplished acting career before becoming Sacramento's iconic kiddie show host.
After graduating from high school, Agruss attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh, which had a highly-regarded theater program. He worked extensively in live television during the medium's early years, and spent five years in the acting company of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Connecticut. As a young actor, Agruss worked with heavyweights like Harpo Marx, Carol Channing, Bert Lahr, John Houseman and John Cassavetes. Agruss eventually toured with Katherine Hepburn performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale.
In the early 1960s, Agruss hosted Popeye cartoons on a station in New Haven, Coneecticut, playing "Capt. Solomon Seawhiskers". After two years in that role, Agruss moved to Sacramento to work for KOVR.
Agruss his survived by his ex-wife,
Katherine Thompson, of Sacramento; granddaughter
Emma Agruss; sons,
Christopher Agruss of Davis and
Noah Agruss of Los Angeles; and sister,
Betty Ginsburg of Boca Raton, Florida. He was predeceased by his parents,
Rose Agruss; and his longtime partner,
Carol Doda, 1937-2015
World-Famous S.F. Stripper's Foray into Bay Area TV;
San Jose Indie as "The Perfect 36"
1970s spokesmodel for KGSC-TV (now KICU)
By Kevin Wing
Chapter Vice President,
She gained worldwide fame in the 1960s and '70s as a topless dancer and stripper in San Francisco's bawdy, flashy North Beach neighborhood, her shapely figure adorning a large sign for the famous Condor Club at Broadway and Columbus Avenue. To a younger generation in the early- and mid-1970s,
she was popularly known as "The Perfect 36", the on-screen blonde siren for San Jose's small, independent UHF television station, KGSC-TV Channel 36 (now KICU).
Her name was
Carol Doda, and she was as much an integral part of San Francisco's colorful history as she was woven into the fabric of American culture and society in the 1960s.
Doda was 78 years old when she died Nov. 9 of complications related to kidney failure.
Doda was not the first stripper in San Francisco, but she was, undoubtedly, its most famous. Friends and colleagues say she was classy and funny and a wonderfully caring person.
In her Condor Club act, there was always fanfare to build anticipation, then a spotlight would hit the baby grand piano that slowly descended from the ceiling. Atop that piano was Doda. She would dance and jiggle her way through a few numbers. Afterwards, when the show was over, the piano would ascend to the ceiling, with Doda remaining on top of it for the entire show.
In the early 1970s, Doda became the spokesmodel for KGSC-TV Channel 36. Wanting to do all it could to publicize the station, its management hired Doda to be the station's on-camera presence during top-of-the-hour station identification breaks. Her signature line, said in a seductive voice for anyone watching, was "You're watching the Perfect 36... in San Jose." She, and the station, gained a cult following from a new generation with her brief, once-an-hour appearances on the station. KGSC-TV succeeded with its promotional strategy. Doda certainly brought notoriety to the young, upstart station.
In 1973, the station dropped Doda as its on-camera spokesmodel. The reason? Doda wanted more money. She gave the station what it didn't have before she was hired: notoriety, and a viewing audience.
Doda, who lived in San Francisco, never married. She is is survived by her son,
Tom Smith, and grandson,
Westin Smith, both of Napa; and seven cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter,
Donna Smith Terzian.
Gold & Silver Circle Profiles
Ten years ago this month,
passed away. He was one of KPIX's most beloved anchors and reporters. Bay Area viewers loved him. And, naturally, his friends and colleagues at San Francisco's CBS station loved him even more.
For more than 20 years, Murphy was one of KPIX's best utility players. He was the longtime
Eyewitness News weekend evening anchor for the station, but he also pinch-hit on the anchor desk for friends and colleagues like
Wendy Tokuda and
Kate Kelly. Murphy just didn't sit behind the anchor desk. He also reported from the newsroom and in the field, and he did it all extremely well.
He also anchored sports for a spell, and also served as a weatherman. Yes, he did it all.
Murphy, who was inducted into the
Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2004,
joined KPIX in 1982, staying on for 23 years until leaving in the summer of 2005.
"Murph", as many of his friends and colleagues called him, was serious about his work. But, behind the scenes, between commercials and in the newsroom, Murphy's sense of humor made everyone laugh.
An Ohio native, Murphy was born in Columbus. Graduating from Ohio State University in 1975, he was born to be in broadcasting. Four of his uncles were sportscasters, and Murphy once worked doing color commentary for Ohio State University games. Before moving to the Bay Area, he was a sports anchor at WBNS in Columbus and KTRK in Houston.
While he was KPIX's longtime weekend anchor, Murphy was also known around the station as an enthusiastic reporter. He was the master of live shots. From breaking news reports to live Bay to Breakers race updates, he did them outstandingly.
In the 1980s, when Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, made their first visit to San Francisco, Murphy got the only interview by shouting, "How are you liking San Francisco?" at the couple.
Murphy was beloved so much by his friends and colleagues at KPIX that when they learned, in December 2005, that he had died tragically in a fire at his Lafayette home, everyone dropped what they were doing to come into work to mourn his passing as a family and to report the news of his death.
At the time of his death, Murphy was survived by a daughter, Maddie, and a son, Jack. Following Murphy's passing, co-anchor Juliette Goodrich expressed how much Murphy loved his children. She said he always tried to phone his kids every night before the news started, to say goodnight to them before going on the air.
This month, we honor Doug Murphy. An accomplished television journalist and broadcaster, a good father to his children, and a good friend to everyone. He is not forgotten.
The January 2016 edition of Gold & Silver Circle Profiles begins the series' 10th year in Off Camera. Next month, we feature Lee Mendelson, a 1988 Silver Circle inductee and a 2015 Gold Circle inductee. Lee has been the Bay Area-based executive producer of the Peanuts specials for network television since 1965. You might have seen his latest TV special, It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown!, broadcast on ABC Nov. 30. More on Lee in January.
Kevin Wing (SC '13) is a San Francisco-based producer for ABC News' "Good Morning America" and is principal/executive producer of his production company, Kevin Wing Media Communications. He is editor of "Off Camera" and serves as San Francisco vice president on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 2013, he has been penning "Gold & Silver Circle Profiles" since 2007.
On the Move
Tony Kovaleski, chief investigative reporter at KNTV in San Jose, rejoins KMGH in Denver in a dual role: as an investigative journalist and as corporate trainer for Scripps' investigative reporters nationwide. Kovaleski left KMGH in 2012 to join KNTV.
Eric Rasmussen, former investigative reporter at KTVU in Oakland, has joined WFXT in Boston as an investigative reporter. Rasmussen's first day was Nov. 30.
Paulina Bucka, assignment editor at KPIX in San Francisco, joins KHSL/KNVN in Chico as a general assignment reporter.
Andrew Pereira, investigative journalist at KITV in Honolulu, has joined the communications team in the City Hall office of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Pereira, whose began his new job Dec. 1, also worked at KHON and KHNL earlier in his TV career.
Brandon Wholey, meteorologist at KRNV in Reno, joins KJRH in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a weekend meteorologist.
Tasnim Hanafy, news producer at KEYT in Santa Barbara, joins KTXL in Sacramento as a news producer.
Cecelia Wong, nwes producer at KEYT in Santa Barbara, joins KXTV in Sacramento as a news producer.
Have a new job? Got a promotion? Retiring? We'd like to know about it. Please write to
On the Move and
Off Camera Editor
Kevin Wing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Lookout for People Behaving Badly
Stanley Roberts is a KRON staple -- first, as one of the station's longtime videographers. But then, in the mid-2000s, when KRON switched from reporters and photographers to "VJs", or video journalists, Roberts morphed into a "VJ", eventually finding his niche with a popular
KRON 4 News segment,
People Behaving Badly. As television's
Candid Camera was, for decades, designed to catch people on camera in the act of being themselves, the premise behind
People Behaving Badly is to catch people in the act of doing something that they shouldn't be doing, such as running red lights at busy intersections to illegally parking in handicapped parking spaces. It is one of the most popular segments on the station's newscasts
The Health Reporter
How Stress Causes Heart Attacks and Disease
You eat healthy and exercise, but you have clogged arteries or worse yet, had a heart attack. You wonder how that could possibly be. Well, here's one of the key (and most overlooked) reasons why... STRESS. And with the holidays coming, this is the season for stress.
Are You Stressed Out?
Psychological stress can emerge when you're unable to cope or respond to real-life demands (stressors), e.g., unemployment, caregiving for the the chronically ill, family dysfunction, poverty, and/or work, marital, or financial issues. According to the American Psychological Association (APA, 2011), there are
two types of stress
1. Acute stress - short-term form of stress that stems from the demands and pressures of the recent past and anticipated demands and pressures of the near future.
2. Chronic stress - long-term form of stress that derives from unending feelings of despair/hopelessness.
Coping with Stress
Coping skills are essential in stress management. How well do you manage your stress? Various studies have shown that exposure to persistent stress can result in long-term or permanent changes in the way you respond:
- Emotionally - e.g., increased likelihood of depression
- Physiologically - e.g., decreased ability to regulate inflammatory responses due to decreased tissue sensitivity to cortisol (your primary stress hormone and regulator of inflammation)
- Behaviorally - e.g., increased smoking, decreased exercise and sleep, poor medical compliance
These emotional, physiological and behavioral changes can affect your susceptibility to and the development and progression of disease.
The Culprit: Cortisol
When you're under stress, your brain triggers the release of hormones in your body, primarily cortisol and adrenaline, that cause:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Greater energy levels
If the perceived threat never passes (that is, stressors are always present), your body constantly feels under attack.
Consequences of Excess Stress
study on patients with Cushing's syndrome
, also known as "hypercortisolism", revealed cortisol contributes to cardiovascular risk. Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder caused by prolonged exposure to cortisol. This study is significant because it provides evidence that links cortisol with heart disease, a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Cushing's syndrome patients.
Prolonged exposure to cortisol is linked with the following cardiovascular risk factors:
1. High blood pressure - Cortisol may contribute to about 30% of all cases of hypertension. Long-standing high blood pressure can lead to weakened blood vessels and damaged heart muscle (cardiomyopathy). When you sustain injury to the muscles of your heart, your heart becomes weaker and is less efficient at 'pumping' and circulating blood efficiently. The result... heart failure.
2. Chronic low-level inflammation (which leads to chronic disease). Inflammation is partly regulated by cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to do its job, inflammation can get out of control.
3. Central obesity (belly fat)
4. Weight gain
5. Increased risk for type 2 diabetes (hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance)
6. Dyslipidemia - low HDL ("good" cholesterol), high LDL ("bad" cholesterol), higher total cholesterol, and/or high triglycerides
7. Atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries (due to salivary cortisol exposure)
Carnegie Mellon University study
found that overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones from chronic psychological stress are also associated with developing:
2. Infectious diseases
3. Common colds - Cold symptoms are not caused by the virus but are a "side effect" of your inflammatory response. If your immune system is unable to regulate the inflammation caused by fighting off an infection (i.e., immune cells become insensitive to cortisol's regulatory effect), you'll be more prone to developing a cold. Worse yet, when inflammation is out of control, you're more vulnerable to developing other diseases.
How to Manage Your Stress
When stress is high, relaxation is more than a luxury, it is a NECESSITY. Learn to control your stress cycle.
Practice DEEP BREATHING and take time to clear your mind. Fight back when your body is under assault. Even in your most wound-up moments, you can relax in just 10 minutes a day.
- Inhale for 5 seconds, then exhale for 10 seconds.
- Slow, rhythmic breathing can stimulate relaxation responses.
- Laughing lowers stress hormone levels! :D
Your immune system's ability to regulate inflammation is the greatest predictor of your health and explains how stress can promote disease.
If you're not a believer in the wonders of meditation, give it a try. Take your blood pressure before and after 10 minutes of relaxation and compare the results.
Karen Owoc is the Clinical Exercise Physiologist at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation program and former NATAS Governor. She produces/hosts "The Health Reporter", a half-hour medical program, and a series of short-format health and lifestyle TV segments. Visit her blog for more healthy living how-to's at http://TheHealthReporter.tv.
Do You Remember?
Who is celebrating the holidays?
And on what station and what program?
In the November issue of
Off Camera, we asked if you remember the days of two-inch video tape.
We also asked if you know the name of
this executive showing off the new equipment.
What is the make and model number of the equipment?
(Gold Circle 2010)(Silver Circle 1999)
Block is still active; he produces the NAPTE Student Career Days.
Guess who wrote in?
Dick Block answered correctly! As did
Stan Burford! Thank you for writing in! Stan says the machinery is an AMPEX VR1000. Dick says it's an AMPEX VR1000A.
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